Six districts (sestiere) are then broken down into parishes, each of which has at its heart a campo and in those open spaces tall, slender, vivid red poles, each topped with a golden globe, lion, or other form of decoration.  Piazza San Marco has three of them; huge cedar wood fingers pointing heavenwards.

I’d assumed due to the red and gold that they held some special significance and symbolism that applied only to the city as even their supporting bases are carefully carved and inscribed, but despite extensive googling I’ve failed to find them described as anything other than flagpoles.

What a disappointment.



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